If you’ve turned on the TV recently, you’ve no doubt seen Marie Kondo, a world-famous professional home organization specialist who’s taken the US by storm. While she offers many exceptional DIY tips to downsizing and decluttering, the truth is that it takes more than a single day and a moment of enthusiasm to truly organize your life. However, it doesn’t have to be a boring chore, and you don’t have to give up everything you love to enjoy a clutter-free home.
Keeping your home organized starts with paying attention to the rooms you use regularly, such as the kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom. While you likely don’t have time to devote hours to these areas every day, a quick sweep through each afternoon will help you determine what gets used and what may be better off finding a home elsewhere.
In your main living space, make a point to organize your coffee and end tables and to designate an area for your purses, coats, and shoes. Keep clutter to a minimum so that you can sweep and/or vacuum daily. Also, keep in mind that the fewer video game cases, DVDs or Blu-rays, and trinkets you have on your entertainment system, the easier this will be to keep that area clean. Most Blu-rays come with a digital download, and many games and movies can be stored in an online library via Amazon or Google Play.
The bathroom is another area that requires daily attention. If it’s a disorganized mess, you can declutter by tossing old makeup, hair products, and styling tools into the trash bin. An acrylic storage case and suction cup holders will give you a spot for your toiletries. Shake out your bath mats after each use, and invest in a multi-purpose vacuum that can tackle tile as well as carpet. This bathroom cleaning checklist by CleanReport.com can help you keep it clean.
Bedroom tidiness should begin with making the bed each morning. However, don’t do it as soon as you get up; instead, wait an hour. This gives your sheets a chance to air out after being in contact with sweat all night, and doing so can keep dust mites at bay. Make a game out of emptying your closet by turning your hangers backward and re-hanging them forward when you wear and wash pieces. At the end of each season, anything that hasn’t been turned can go.
The biggest issue in the kitchen is likely an overload of gadgets and small appliances that you don’t need. Unless you insist on homemade waffles, ice cream, bread, and dried fruit, there’s no reason to keep special equipment to make these.
Keeping your home a no-clutter zone means you’ll have to make an effort to purge your house of the items you don’t use. Once these objects are identified, put them in the garage until you have a day to sort through the mess. If you’d like an expert’s input, you can bring in a home organizer to help out. In Baltimore, a home organizer’s services will likely cost between $231 and $375. After you’re through sorting, donate or sell usable items, and trash anything you wouldn’t use yourself. When things are cleared and you are left with just what you need, find an interior designer to help you make your now-clean house a functional home. Just realize that an interior designer usually charges between $50 and $200 an hour.
A clean and uncluttered home is a healthy home. Researchers from Indiana University even link cleanliness to fitness, and many other health and wellness experts agree that clutter is bad for the mind and body. Clearing your life of the things you no longer need doesn’t have to mean donning gloves and pulling a bucket and mop room to room. You can get the job done little by little simply by paying attention to what you actually use and what you don’t.
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